A pair of Toronto city councillors will propose a city-wide ban of the possession, sale and consumption of shark fin at a press conference on Monday.
Councillors Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam are aiming to gather support from Toronto residents with a campaign called "Celebrate Sharks Summer Tour." The campaign intends to create a petition with 10,000 signatures.
The councillors will be joined by Rob Steward, the award-winning documentary filmmaker of "Sharkwater," and Rob Sinclair, the executive director of WildAid Canada.
WildAid is promoting their mission to end the illegal wildlife trade through public awareness campaigns with a 20’ x 26’ CBS “Super Screen” strategically positioned at 42nd St. between 7th and 8th Ave. in the heart of the Times Square Plaza.
WildAid Canada today is sending out materials to over 3,500 Canadian legislators, at the municipal, provincial and federal level, calling for action on the conservation crisis created by the shark fin trade.
Houston Rockets center and seven-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming continued his commitment to wildlife conservation with a visit to San Francisco last month. His visit coincided with WildAid’s first annual Gala on May 5, 2011. Yao was honored with WildAid’s Ambassador Award.
A Toronto City Councillor is moving to ban shark fin in the city as a direct result of a similar by-law recently passed by the City of Brantford. Councillor Glen De Baermaker, a member of Toronto’s Licensing and Standards Committee, said yesterday:
“Brantford is the first municipality in Canada, I say congratulations to them, they did a wonderful thing. I’ll be moving a notice of motion at the June Toronto Council meeting to follow their lead,” in an interview aired Monday evening on Global TV News.